“No One Cares What Your IQ Is. It’s What You Do with It That Matters.”

This is often heard in American society. I doubt if you will hear such a dumb comment in any other society on Earth because American society is probably one of the most viciously anti-intellectual cultures on Earth.

Now if you want to use such a statement as a warning to be extremely careful how you discuss IQ and in particular your own score assuming you know it, I agree that this is good advice. American society has a severe hangup about human intelligence, and this is shown by the rage and contempt with which discussions of IQ often arouse. Because after all, discussions of IQ are simply discussions of intelligence. If you hate IQ talk, then you hate discussing human intelligence. I would ask these people, “Why do you hate human intelligence so much? Is it because you are stupid? If you are not an idiot, then why hate human intelligence? Does that attitude even make sense?”

You can talk about IQ and even your own score in US society, but you need to be very careful about it. A lot of times it will go over well if you are cautious enough, but if not, you are guilty of committing a major social error in US society. And why be a social retard? A lot of us are screwed up enough that way. No need to pile it on and make matters worse.

Talented people are always interesting. There are plenty of fine athletes in high school and college who decided not to go into sports. They were still great athletes with excellent talent. There are people who can draw very well but don’t feel like using it. Likewise with music, writing, all sorts of things. All of this is interesting. I would love to hear about someone who had great artistic or musical talent who just decided they did not want to go that way and didn’t explore their talent. To me they would still be a very  interesting person, and indeed, I have known a number of folks like this.

Talent is laudatory whether it is “used” or not, and the whole concept of “using” your talent leaves a nasty capitalist taste in my mouth. It’s all about the money, isn’t it, greedheads?

There are many very goodlooking people who never went into acting or modeling. Do we pummel them over the head with this for not “using” their good looks? Of course not. No one has to use their natural gifts in any particular way, and it’s no crime to be the handsomest man on Earth who never did anything with it but use it to get women.

Due to our hatred of intelligence and intellectuals, it is only intelligence that is attacked as “worthless unless you do something with it.” No other talent is attacked this way. People who talk like this are showing how much hatred they feel towards human intelligence in general and intelligent people, especially highly intelligent ones, in particular.

High IQ people use their talent every day by necessity. They never give it up like lapsed athletes, artists, writers, etc. These people are very interesting to meet. High IQ people are fascinating whether they are “using” their talent or not. And what does “using it” mean anyway? Making a pile of money off of it. Not everyone is so mercenary!

My mother has a 150 IQ, yet she never “did anything with it.” So what! Why did she have to? She’s one of the smartest women I’ve ever met. Are we that greedy and mercenary that all talents must be converted into sleazy dollar bills?

Natural talents are interesting and praiseworthy no matter what use they are put to.

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8 responses to ““No One Cares What Your IQ Is. It’s What You Do with It That Matters.”

  1. Some of the most interesting people I know are intelligent, but haven’t used their talents in the “conventional” sense at all, ie, they have other goals than making as much money as they can selling dumb apps.

    Actually, I don’t know of a single intellgent person personally,who hasn’t used their talents for their benefit. Even those who aren’t making money, are using it to better understand the world, and create a lifestyle they want, which might involve opting out of the rat-race, an intelligent thing to do. They might take up hobbies, read, educate themselves. Self development isn’t a waste.

    I pity the person who thinks that educating yourself for purposes other than making a buck is a waste.

    Show me one intelligent person who doesn’t use their smarts. There isn’t one.

  2. Matt

    In a way, this shows a sort of misguided respect for intellect. The person who is making such a statement has an unexamined assumption that a person with a high IQ has basically been given the gift of fire in a world of involuntary raw foodists, and is morally obligated to use this miraculous gift for the betterment of humankind. But that doesn’t mean that any given high IQ person has the drive, the opportunities, or even the specific talents to cure cancer or invent a free energy machine. So we can say that such an attitude basically exemplifies a dumb person’s idea of the nature and purpose of high intelligence. In one sense, they are correct. ZVIrtually any highly intelligent person has it in their power to make existence a lot better or a lot worse for those in his or her immediate circle, at least. For examples of the latter, consider all the highly intelligent grifters, sociopaths, and outright psychopaths out there. On the other hand, most highly intelligent people are very valuable and helpful to the people around them, giving insights, advice, and knowledge even if they are not curing cancer.

  3. Jason Y

    It’s cool to use your talent, but if a person has many talents, then possibly they cannot focus a lot on one.

    Also, yeah, IQ is hated because it’s seen as showing off and being an elitist. I mean, if you want to rouse up bullies, aside from just being someone strange, then “being uppity” is a fast way to do it.

  4. Assembly Line Human

    VIrtually any highly intelligent person has it in their power to make existence a lot better or a lot worse for those in his or her immediate circle, at least.

    I disagree with this. Power is a function of the resources at your disposal, your environment, as well as internal ability.

    How many people with high IQ’s were stuck digging up potatoes for their fuedal lords, or dying in the mud in no mans land during WWI. How many are stuck with massive mortgage or college debt and can’t afford to start that business, or do anything other than work long hours to pay that off? How many were slaves? How many simply don’t have the right social connections, or private school links that others do?

    Then there is a limited market for what people can do on their own. Linus Torvalds created a fantastic OS, but not every genius can make their way creating a new operating system. We only need so many.

    • Jason Y

      This is absolutely true. The biggest problem seems to be that the geniuses aren’t trusted. I mean, you’d think they’d be handing out loans right and left to obviously talented people. However, though, unlike what Jess and other NaziTards think, honest and financial sanity isn’t always packaged with IQ. But sometimes it is, but nobody believes it.

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